On Monday, NSA leaker Edward Snowden did a live online chat with The Guardian (UK). Asked whether the debate over surveillance was panning out as he thought they would, Snowden answered:
Initially I was very encouraged. Unfortunately, the mainstream media now seems far more interested in what I said when I was 17 or what my girlfriend looks like rather than, say, the largest program of suspicionless surveillance in human history.
It’s hard to argue with him there.
Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013).